What Our Critics Say

Article published 30th May 2008

Editors banned! - Twenty eight years on and still going strong...

The Good Schools Guide was founded in 1985 by Amanda Atha and Sarah Drummond, two parents in search of schools for their children. With the help of others (notably Patrea More Nisbett) they visited hundreds of schools and wrote up their experiences in the direct and independent style that still characterises The Guide.

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Greatly offended, the schools fought back and banned the editors from their premises, only to find that they were written up anyway on the basis of the reports and opinions of their parents and neighbours. Most now tolerate us, more or less.

Twenty eight years later there are more than fifty of us, spread throughout the UK. Most are parents with young children, a few are former heads and senior teachers.


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…fees are not quite so friendly, and ensure that the school is more culturally than socially diverse. Only five to 10 per cent of boys are on any kind of bursary assistance (although for those few the subsidy can be up to 100 per cent), but there are sibling discounts of a kind: if you have three or more sons at the school, you get a whopping five per cent off the bill. Huzza!

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